CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (AP) — An unidentified individual is facing felony animal cruelty charges after severely maiming a dog in South Coatesville, according to the Brandywine Valley SPCA. The dog, named Ava, was found by a neighbor and brought to the shelter in December.
Upon her arrival at the shelter, it was discovered that Ava had suffered severe abuse, including multiple brutal injuries, emaciation, damage to her eye, fractures in her leg and ribs, damage to her lungs, and broken teeth. The medical team at the shelter determined that Ava’s back leg was so badly damaged that it needed to be amputated.
Despite the trauma she endured, the shelter staff described Ava as a fighter and committed to providing her with the specialized care she needs. The person responsible for her abuse has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty and neglect charges.
Ava is currently undergoing recovery and will be available for adoption once she has fully recuperated. The shelter has posted a donation option on social media to help cover Ava’s medical expenses.
The Brandywine Valley SPCA is dedicated to seeking justice for Ava and ensuring she continues to receive the care she needs. She is currently being fostered for around-the-clock care by a staff member during her recovery.